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Thoughtful Exit Planning

Eight "Lively" Zoom Classes
Saturdays, 9:30-12:00 MT
Oct 19-Dec 14, 2024

(NO CLASS on Nov. 30 -Thanksgiving Weekend)

Weekly sessions will be recorded for registered student access only

We all know we need to prepare the inevitable. And yet, we don't. 


Just the thought of providing guidance to our families around our wishes for medical treatment and end-of-life can seem scary, confusing, even overwhelming. It doesn't have to be.


I invite you to take the first step toward doing what you know you need to do.


Join me, Sue Mackey, for Thoughtful Exit Planning, a special, eight-week,  hands-on workshop series to help you navigate your options thoughtfully and deliberately.


Together, following a simple, step-by-step approach, you'll create an “Exit File™” that reflects your desires, values and your budget, and assures that your loved ones won’t be burdened with difficult decisions at a time when they may be least able to make them.

Course Content 


Give yourself and your family peace of mind by providing a map for them of your documents and wishes in the event of you not being able to speak for yourself.​

Session 1

What Documentation to Include in Your Exit File™


We will go through the Exit File™ binder that makes it manageable to “fill in the blanks” and know that you have all your bases covered. All of the possible documentation is addressed that will ultimately be a gift to your medical and financial powers of attorney and personal representative (executor).


Session 2:

Discerning Your Personal Values and Beliefs / Choosing Your Person to Speak for You When You Can’t

  • The key to being able to voice your choice at the end of life is first knowing what your values and beliefs are. Through the use of different assessment tools and conversation, we will discern what is important in death, (and thus in life!). We will also consider our emotional and spiritual legacy.

  • We will discuss how to choose your MDPOA, the most important decision you will make regarding your end-of-life wishes. Spoiler: It may not be your spouse or eldest child.

Session 3: 

Avoiding Overtreatment / CPR -A Lifeline or a Curse? / Understanding the MOST Form  / The Potential Pitfalls of a Living Will / Do You Need a Shovel Buddy?

  • We will discuss when it is appropriate to have a CPR Directive based upon statistics around survival to an acceptable quality of life.  

  • As a signed doctor’s order, The MOST form can be an incredibly useful tool for getting your wishes met.

  • The potential pitfalls of an improperly written Living Will?

  • Aren’t you dying to know what a shovel buddy is and why you might need one?

Session 4:

Exit Ramps / Dementia Directives -Addressing Our Greatest Fear at the End of Life 

  • The number one question that arises during these classes is “What are my options for getting out of here if I decide that I’m done?”  We’ll discuss the Medical Aid in Dying law, VSED (Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking), and more underground options for exiting one’s earthly body.

  • The number one fear that arises for most when considering the end of life is experiencing dementia. We'll explore ways to convey your wishes for managing medical treatment if you've been diagnosed with dementia.

Session 5: 

Your Personal Statement -Voicing Your Choices When You Are Unable / Hospice -What You Need to Know / Organ and Body Donation 

  • Your wishes for your treatment at the end of life will hold much more weight if they are relayed in your own words in a Personal Statement, rather than as initials on a form written in legalese.  We will utilize a template that I developed as a thought-jogger in order to address the many aspects of end-of-life treatment, such as the definition of quality of life, dementia, aggressive treatments, financial considerations, hospice preferences, etc.

  • When is it appropriate to enroll in hospice, and what services do they provide?

  • We will consider the often-confusing options of live organ donation for transplant and whole body and organ donation for research-both extraordinary final gifts.


Session 6: 

Body Disposition Options Beyond Burial or Cremation, Including Water Cremation and Composting / Green burials


There are a myriad of options for body disposition to consider beyond conventional burial and cremation, including water (flameless) cremation and composting. Green (or green-ish) burial is an option to consider if you would like your final footprint on the planet to be a light  one.

Session 7: 

Making your Funeral and Memorial Arrangements


It has been proven that families way over-spend when they have to make funeral arrangements for a loved one while still in shock and deep grief. And if they don’t know what you would have wanted, they are left to guess. So we will walk through the process “up-stream” as a gift to your family. Receive the tools to be a well-informed funeral consumer

Session 8: 

Accountability and Review Meeting / Writing a Love Letter / And/or Your Own Obituary   


​This class will be all about you and your needs for support to finalize your documents. We'll also talk about writing your love letter to those you'll leave behind, and possibly your own obituary.



I'm also available to you by email or phone in between all classes and after the workshop is over.


Where:  On Zoom!


$60/Session if you pay as you go; Discounted to $420 for all 8 sessions

plus required $75 materials fee for indexed Exit File™ step-by-step binder


Please Register below by April 10th

in order to allow for shipping time if not local to Lafayette, CO.

Shipping is $15 and will be invoiced separately


Contact Sue Mackey at or 720-884-6878

(Min. Class size of 6/ Max of 20)

And, as always, if you would like one-to-one support in addressing your end-of-life preparations, please reach out to me directly. I'll be happy to work with you using Zoom or in person.



$420 Full Series - Eight Sessions 

$60 per session if paid for individually


$75 Materials Fee (required)

Includes indexed Exit File™ step-by-step binder 

The Exit File can be picked up at my home in Lafayette or shipped to you for $15


FULL SErIES +Exit File
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$420 Registration + 

$75 Exit File binder

a $60 Savings

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$60 Registration + 

$75 Exit File binder.

Contact me directly to let me know which session you are wanting to attend.

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$60 registration only.. Contact me directly to let me know which session or sessions you are wanting to attend.

couples discount for two members of one household
Shipping of Exit File out of the boulder/denver area
I will send you a separate invoice for shipping ($15)  if you are unable to pick up your Exit File in Lafayette


20% discount of total price for two Full Series plus two Exit File binders for two members of one household




 Questions? Prefer to RSVP Offline or a different form of payment? or register for select classes?

Contact Sue at or 720-884-6878

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